When Crown Estate Scotland announced the outcome of its application process for ScotWind Leasing in January, it marked the first Scottish offshore wind leasing round in over a decade. It also demonstrated one of many ways our industry is actively focused on reducing its carbon footprint.
“You would like to think it was good planning,” joked Neil Gordon, chief executive of the Global Underwater Hub (GUH), “but I think it’s just fortunate that, at the moment, it looks as if everything has landed well for us.”
“More energy and less emissions” is how TotalEnergies’ North Sea boss summarises the company’s strategy for the coming years. And that, broadly speaking, is reflected across the plans of others too.
The UK government announced it will be offering more than £31 million of UK government funding, matched by more than £30 million of industry funding, for development of innovative floating offshore wind technologies this week.
Forth Ports has announced a series of new leadership appointments as its senior team is restructured to reflect the growing role of ports in the offshore renewables sector.
I’m a little bemused. Inevitably the ScotWind lease awards were going to trigger all sorts of claims about how the Scottish offshore wind supply chain will gain from this huge project, but nobody seems prepared to explain exactly how this will happen given that we don’t actually have a supply chain of any note particularly when it comes to the high value hardware.
Aberdeen-headquartered OEG Offshore has acquired temporary power, engineering and vessel specialist Manor Renewable Energy.
Aberdeen firms are among a set of innovators who have secured up to £10 million each as part of new UK Government funding to accelerate the development of floating offshore wind technologies.
The first candidates have been selected for X-Academy, a new training initiative backed by Sir Ian Wood and BP.
Masdar did not win a piece of the ScotWind action this week, but the company is keenly interested in further offshore wind opportunities in the UK.
Stephen Wheeler, Managing Director of SSE Renewables, one of the big ScotWind winners, says the next generation of Scottish offshore wind will impact globally while transforming locally.
Nicola Sturgeon accused opponents of “girning” about major offshore wind investment in a row over human rights, profits and selling off access “on the cheap”.
The ScotWind licencing announcements on January 17th were certainly a welcome and hugely material vote of confidence in the future of the offshore energy sector in the UK.
Concern has been raised over whether Scotland will truly reap the benefits of the huge ScotWind offshore wind auction, as overseas yards like Lamprell eye work.
The biggest North Sea majors are set to invest more in the region’s wind power in the coming years than in its oil and gas.
One of the big winners in the ScotWind leasing process already has its sights on securing future offshore wind opportunities.
A leading charity has expressed concerns about the potentially devastating impact of ScotWind on Scotland's seabirds.
The £700million to be raised for Scottish Government coffers through the ScotWind auction “must be used” for jobs and training, a trade union has urged.
Maybe yesterday should be renamed Green Monday rather than Blue Monday. It was certainly a day to celebrate the ambition for renewable energy in Scotland as the ScotWind licencing round was announced with provision for significantly more GW than anticipated.
‘It is a considerable opportunity for Aberdeen’ – AREG chief on ‘hugely significant’ ScotWind results
ScotWind will unlock a raft of “fantastic opportunities” for the north-east of Scotland the head of a local energy transition organisation has predicted.
It has been more than 20 years in the making, but at last Aberdeen has got its big chance to prove that it really can become a major player in offshore renewables and especially wind.
Scotland’s renewables industry has been reacting to the results of the much anticipated, £700 million ScotWind leasing round.
A project pipeline of more than 50 years in offshore wind could be secured thanks to the ScotWind seabed auction, according to a northern port.
ScotWind has proved a big boon to Big Oil, with fossil fuels giants BP, Shell and TotalEnergies all winning acreage.
BP, Shell and SSE Renewables have been selected to build the next generation of Scottish offshore wind farms.